Jerry Coyne in his book Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible, argues that that worldview that is based on knowledge gleaned through observation, testing, and skepticism is incompatible with faith in any deity that interacts with the world. In line with other “new” atheists (Dawkins, Harris, etc.), he attacks faith in general (and sometimes things done in the name of faith are right to attack, like the inquisition, bombings, willingly letting children die of operable tumors in the name of faith, etc.).
The premise is in line with his presumptions. A non-believer who writes a book espousing non-belief admits they cannot use the very tests he demands as a basis of truth on the subject of origins. He writes, “Are there times when it’s alright to hold strong beliefs that are supported by little or no evidence?” What he really means, “there is little to no evidence I and others who are pushing the atheist worldview accept, so why not let our worldview be your authority?” I encourage you to not let him and his worldview be your authority.
It may be surprising that I agree with his premise that that religion and science, as Coyne defines and articulates, are not compatible. I am not for dropping anything but Coyne’s worldview and retaining belief in the Bible. “Little to no evidence,” Coyne wrote, means there is some (and I dare say more than he would admit) for a biblical worldview. The numbers of those who believe in something among practicing scientists (22%) in America, quoted in his book, points to the majority of unbelievers in scientific community, but also to the hope that there are still those who believe. I suspect the work of those who believe the Bible is going to be under greater scrutiny, especially if pointing to Young Earth and Creation models. Thankfully, they are not absent, and their evidence may not be as readily accepted.
Writing an article telling you to not follow Coyne and the athiests, and instead follow religion “that is pure and undefiled” and to have faith in Christ, who did die on a cross and was raised from the dead is not surprising. To believe the Bible (including the specific and special creation, the worldwide flood of the earth, the exiting of the slaves from Egypt, the building of the nation of Israel, and the life of Christ as declared in the Gospels) and to go to a church that declares God’s Word as truth is in line with my role. The evidence may be slight and at times imperceptible, but it is not the first time the Bible has been put to the test and found reliable. In the face of Coyne’s premise that science alone gives knowledge, Proverbs 2:6 declares, ”For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” This is not a call to abandon science, discovery, and study. This is a call to study both the Bible and our universe, and in doing so, follow God.